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This week on the pod, Makda sits down with poet Alycia Pirmohamed to discuss her debut poetry collection ANOTHER WAY TO SPLIT WATER. They chat about online poetry forums, the trickiness of titles, writing in nature, and much more. Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. She is the author of Another Way to Split Water, the chapb…
 
In this episode, Makda chats with writer and activist Tsering Yangzom Lama about her debut novel WE MEASURE THE EARTH WITH OUR BODIES. The pair talk Tibetan literary influences, the intersection of art and activism, what it means to write "responsibly", and more. Tsering Yangzom Lama's debut novel, WE MEASURE THE EARTH WITHOUT BODIES, is a New York…
 
For the Season 3 finale, Makda sits down with novelist-turned-poet Farzana Doctor for a conversation about her debut collection YOU STILL LOOK THE SAME. The pair talk unorthodox organizing principles, building self-care into the writing process, the blurry distinction between speaker and poet, and more. Farzana Doctor is the Tkaronto-based author o…
 
This week, Makda speaks with multi-genre author Sandra SG Wong about her crime novel IN THE DARK WE FORGET. They chat about the allure of the Rockies, the untapped potential of unreliable narrators, feeling empowered in publishing, and more. Sandra SG Wong (she/her) writes fiction across genres, including the cross-genre Lola Starke novels and Cres…
 
In this episode, poets Z.Y. Yang and Natalie Wee become fast friends as they discuss Natalie’s latest poetry collection BEAST AT EVERY THRESHOLD. They talk about experimenting with form, making space for tenderness, reimagining the beastly, and much more. Z.Y. Yang (they/them) is a writer, poet, and haver of many names. They were born in Wuhan, Chi…
 
In this episode, Makda sits down with culture writer Elamin Abdelmahmoud for a conversation about his memoir/essay collection SON OF ELSEWHERE. The duo talk about leaning into introspection, the power of a perfect playlist, what’s in a name, and much more. Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a culture writer for BuzzFeed News where he also writes Incoming, the …
 
This week on the pod, poets and pals Sanna Wani and Manahil Bandukwala join us from different rooms in Sanna’s home to chat about her book MY GRIEF, THE SUN. As they discuss the collection (and Manahil’s forthcoming debut MONUMENT), the pair celebrate love poems, Ontario’s Credit River, everyday acts of care, and much more. Sanna Wani is a Kashmiri…
 
This week on the pod, culture writer Gloria Alamrew and author Jessamine Chan discuss Jessamine’s debut novel THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS. They talk motherhood, dynamic female characters, writing dystopia in already dystopian times, and more. Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers …
 
On this episode, illustrator Raymond Biesinger and architecture critic Alex Bozikovic interview one another about their new book, 305 LOST BUILDINGS OF CANADA. In the process, they chart their career paths, explore their artistic processes, examine the political nature of architecture, and more. Raymond Biesinger is an illustrator and artist born i…
 
This week on the pod, Jason sits down with Anne-Marie Turza—one of their all-time favourite poets—to discuss her latest collection FUGUE WITH BEDBUG. The pair chat about writing the microscopic, poetry’s untapped intertextual potential, their mutual love of Tolstoy's ANNA KARENINA, and much more. Anne-Marie Turza is the author of two collections of…
 
In this episode, Makda is joined by poet Steffi Tad-y to discuss Steffi’s debut poetry collection FROM THE SHORELINE. They talk about the pros and cons of formal literary education, what it means to make the ordinary extraordinary, Steffi’s ideal imagined reader, and much more. Steffi Tad-y is a poet and writer from Manila and currently lives in Va…
 
On this episode, icon, legend, and star Jason Purcell joins Matthew and Makda for a conversation about their debut poetry collection SWOLLENING. The trio discuss the value of a good editor, cover design in the age of social media, what it means to adopt a queer poetics, and more (plus, Jason makes a convincing case for why Selena Gomez would connec…
 
This week, poet Conyer Clayton chats with writer Jaclyn Desforges about her debut poetry collection DANGER FLOWER. The pair talk about using craft to avoid clichés, the importance of trusting your intuition, drawing creative inspo from the natural world, and more. Conyer Clayton is a writer, musician, editor, and gymnastics coach living on unceded …
 
In this episode, Jason sits down with writer extraordinaire Heather O’Neill for a conversation about her latest novel WHEN WE LOST OUR HEADS. They discuss Victorian era gender roles, fashion as symbolism, the complexity of female friendship, and more. Heather O’Neill is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her novel, The Lonely Hearts Hote…
 
This week on the pod, Makda chats with writer and editor Terese Mason Pierre about Terese's speculative poetry chapbook MANIFEST. The pair talk Afrofuturism, creative freedom(s), daydreaming as praxis, and much more. Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and poet whose work has appeared in The Walrus, The Fiddlehead, Quill & Quire, Fantasy Magazine, and …
 
In this episode, we’re looking back on the joint virtual launch of three of our favourite poetry collections of 2021: Selina Boan’s UNDOING HOURS, Molly Cross-Blanchard’s EXHIBITIONIST, and Dallas Hunt’s CREELAND. Enjoy this recording of these three brilliant poets and friends in joyful conversation with the always delightful Emily Riddle. Selina B…
 
Marking their first joint appearance on the pod since GBR’s inaugural episode (!!!), Glass Bookshop co-owners Jason Purcell and Matthew Stepanic ring in the new year by joining Makda for a fun chat about a few of their most anticipated reads of 2022. Books mentioned: PURE COLOUR by Sheila Heti WHEN WE LOST OUR HEADS by Heather O’Neill NO ONE IS TAL…
 
For the final episode of 2021, Makda joins poet Isabella Wang for a conversation about Isabella’s full-length, debut collection PEBBLE SWING. They talk about the beauty of the ghazal, connecting with nature, the process of rediscovering a language, and more. Isabella Wang is the author of the chapbook, ON FORGETTING A LANGUAGE (Baseline Press, 2019…
 
This week, GBR invites you to kick back, relax and enjoy yet another recording from LitFest 2021. In this episode, Emily Riddle joins her pal Conor Kerr for the IRL launch of his debut novel AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS. Emily Riddle is nehiyaw and a member of the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6. She lives in amiskwaciwâskahikan. A writer, public library…
 
On this episode of the show, writer and self-professed Casey Plett stan Devon Price sits down with—you guessed it—Casey Plett to discuss her newest short story collection A DREAM OF A WOMAN. In this wide-ranging conversation, the pair chat about the many forms of trans self-advocacy, addiction, spirituality, and more. Devon Price is a social psycho…
 
This week, GBR has the great honour of sharing the recording of one of this year’s most memorable LitFest events: a conversation between the Edmonton Poetry Festival’s Shima Robinson and Ian Williams, author of DISORIENTATION: BEING BLACK IN THE WORLD. Shima Robinson (also known as Dwennimmen) is the Artistic Producer of the Edmonton Poetry Festiva…
 
On this episode of Glass Bookshop Radio, Jason chats with the multi-talented Jordan Tannahill about his latest novel: THE LISTENERS. The two discuss the pursuit of artistic curiosity, moving between forms, cultivating community, and much more. Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, novelist, and director. His plays have been translated into ten language…
 
For the first episode of Season 3, multidisciplinary writer David Demchuk joins Matthew to discuss his new novel RED X. They chat about their early encounters with horror, the relationship between horror and queer fear, and the transformative potential of queer horror as a genre. David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other me…
 
Step back in time and enjoy this recording from Jennifer Bowering Delisle's virtual launch of her latest collection of poetry DERIVING. She's joined by poet and essayist Lisa Martin for a conversation about poetry, motherhood, fertility, and more. Transcript to come.Glass Bookshop által
 
In this episode, Makda is joined by writer and editor Jen Sookfong Lee for a conversation about Jen’s debut poetry collection THE SHADOW LIST. They talk about literary risk-taking, navigating writing (and life) as racialized women, Jen’s complicated but loving relationship with Vancouver, and so much more. Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Va…
 
This week on the pod, friend of the show Jessica Johns returns to talk to poet Selina Boan about her debut poetry collection UNDOING HOURS. They chat about writing with attentiveness, protecting oneself on the page, the joys and challenges of being a language learner, and more. Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty with English-Irish ancestry and a memb…
 
In this episode of the pod, writer Jessica Johns interviews poet Molly Cross-Blanchard about EXHIBITIONIST, her debut full-length collection of poetry. They talk about their relationships to place, to the body, to love, and so much more. Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty with English-Irish ancestry and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty…
 
In this episode of the pod, poet Matthew James Weigel interviews writer Jordan Abel about his latest book, NISHGA. They discuss genre b(l)ending, the work of reclamation, the interconnectedness of the Jordan Abel Literary Universe, and so much more. Matthew James Weigel is a Dene and Métis poet and artist who holds a Bachelor of Science in Biologic…
 
In this special episode of GBR, we flash back to the virtual launch of Leah Horlick's MOLDOVAN HOTEL. Our very own Jason Purcell joins Leah for a conversation about the book and directs audience questions as well. Leah Horlick grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree territory and the homelands of the Métis in Saskatchewan. Her first collection of p…
 
This week on the pod, writer and editor Michaela Stephen stops by to chat with Jason about discovering her love of books, academia’s impact on her reading & writing habits, and pivoting from bookseller to book publicist. Michaela Stephen (she/her) is a queer writer and editor based in Windsor, ON, where she works at Biblioasis. She graduated with h…
 
In this episode, writer Lily Wang joins Makda for a conversation about her poetry collection SATURN PEACH. They chat about the experience of being a mentor vs. a mentee, reflect on how it feels to look back on early writing, and explore the different elements that shape the visual language of a poetry collection. Lily Wang is the founder and editor…
 
This week on the pod, Makda is joined by author Ali Bryan for a conversation about her debut young adult novel THE HILL. They talk about family, feminism, and the freedom that comes with having choice — both in life and in writing. Ali Bryan is a novelist and creative nonfiction writer based in Calgary. Her first novel, ROOST, won the Georges Bugne…
 
In this episode, poet and professor Dallas Hunt joins friend of the show Emily Riddle for a conversation about his new poetry collection CREELAND. They chat about who they write for, how they conceptualize contemporary Indigenous-settler relations, what it means to inhabit an Indigenous body, and more. Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi…
 
In this episode, poet Rebecca Salazar joins Glass Bookshop’s Matthew Stepanic to chat about her poetry collection sulphurtongue. They talk about how to organize a poetry collection, what it takes to be a good editor, using humour to tackle trauma, and more. Rebecca Salazar (she/they) is a writer, editor, and community organizer living on the uncede…
 
This week we're joined by Matt Bowes, General Manager of Edmonton's NeWest Press, to talk about indie publishing in Canada, Alberta, and Edmonton specifically. An avid film fan, he co-hosts Bollywood is for Lovers, a bi-weekly podcast on Hindi cinema with his partner Erin Fraser; part of the Alberta Podcast Network. He has also presented two film s…
 
This week on the pod, we have our very own Matthew Stepanic interviewing Peter Counter, author of BE SCARED OF EVERYTHING, a collection of horror essays. Slinging ectoplasm, tombstones, and chainsaws with aplomb, Be Scared of Everything is a frighteningly smart celebration of horror culture that will appeal to both horror aficionados and casual fan…
 
In this episode, poets Nisha Patel and Timiro Mohamed discuss storytelling, community building, and using art for activism, all through the lens of their experiences as the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate. Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Cana…
 
In this episode, Makda Mulatu interviews writer Jael Richardson about her debut novel GUTTER CHILD. Jael shares her insight on what it takes to craft a dystopia, the challenges of writing a novel over nearly a decade, and the implications of not having role models that look like you while coming of age. Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Th…
 
In this episode, Jason ask David Ross how he started his career as an editor, he shares what he thinks an editor’s most important role is, we talk about his impressive and important book list that features so many queer writers of colour and about what it means to be a white editor working on these books. David Ross works at Penguin Canada, where h…
 
A conversation between C. E. Gatchalian and Berend McKenzie that explores each other’s recent projects and their attendant concerns: queerness, brownness and white supremacy, theatre, and art. This recording comes out of what we hoped would have been an in-person event to celebrate Gatchelian’s book DOUBLE MELANCHOLY, published by Arsenal Pulp Pres…
 
Poet and Glass Bookshop Radio podcast producer Makda Mulatu interviews Cicely Belle Blain about their debut poetry collection Burning Sugar, published by VS. Books and Arsenal Pulp Press. It is Cicely Belle Blain’s debut poetry collection wherein they revisit spaces of geography, art, and personal history to expose the legacy of colonization and it…
 
In this episode, nehiyaw writer Emily Riddle talks with Oji-Cree Saulteaux Indigiqueer writer jaye simpson about their debut poetry collection, it was never going to be okay. Transcript to come. jaye simpson is a Two-Spirit Oji-Cree person of the Buffalo Clan with roots in Sapotaweyak and Skownan Cree Nation who often writes about being queer in th…
 
Join Jason as he talks with bestselling writer and artist Vivek Shraya about the tenth anniversary of her first book God Loves Hair, interspersed with clips from the Instagram launch event with illustrator Juliana Neufeld. Transcript to come. Get your signed copy of God Loves Hair here. Get your limited-edition God Loves Hair bundle here. Visit Viv…
 
Get to know Glass Bookshop with co-owners Jason Purcell and Matthew Stepanic. They'll walk you through how the bookshop came to be, how COVID-19 has affected their bookstore, what Amazon has done to publishing and bookselling, and more! Books mentioned: Project Compass by Lizzie Derksen, Matthew Stepanic, Robert Strong, and Kristina Vyskocil Relyin…
 
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